Please SEW Masks! If you have a pattern for a mask use it, but if you need a pattern we have several below. Get creative. There are lots of ways to make a good mask for yourself and others to stop spreading the virus.
**And please wear a mask when you go out of your house in public places.**
We are all in this together.
We have mask drop off box on our front steps 11-4 Monday-Saturday. Some extra tips:
-Jersey knit, like that of a t-shirt can be cut into strips for ties or used in place of elastic. But be sure to test it since not all jersey is the same.
-Several patterns for masks are listed below. We are not experts on this so we suggest trying different ones to see which one works best for you with the supplies you have. There are many more mask patterns on the internet. Try one design before you mass produce.
***This is our new favorite mask pattern! It's elegant and simple to sew, yet close fitting: Origami Mask Pattern. Sew to Speak instructor Rachel Wallis recorded a video on how to make it. You can watch on the Columbus Cultural Art Center Facebook Page.
Jamie and Amber from Fancy Tiger have a great pattern too. LINK
This mask pattern has been requested by the Franklin County Dept of Emergency Medical Services.
Free Video and free pattern link. Comes in many sizes. Thank you "ITHINKSEW"
Two patterns from Regional Medical Center in Manchester, both with a pocket for a filter: https://www.regmedctr.org/services/public-health/health-alerts/covid-19-%28novel-coronavirus%29/default.aspx
Free pattern: Joost De Cock (Old Dutch for “The Cook”) started the FreeSewing Open Source Project from his home in the Netherlands to provide free sewing patterns. Recently, his wife who is a surgeon started seeing potential shortages in personal protective equipment (PPE). Joost knew what to do, so he posted it to FreeSewing in late February. People thought he was being silly as a handmade mask would never be used by professionals.
This mask is designed by a nurse and can fit either directly on the face or over an N95 filter: https://www.instructables.com/id/AB-Mask-for-a-Nurse-by-a-Nurse/?fbclid=IwAR0ANbb6OLqZ4gmayoq2r8YQ8yjHTREcz-7z8F4jwHe3aRzFoP0KzzaTRpA
A roundup of five different mask patterns with instructions for making them: https://shanniemakes.com/duckbill-style-face-mask-pattern/?fbclid=IwAR28aADbpfzIIB5WU9gISfeLMRn85nXvruYD2rKV5uVzSh_w3cC_NfGw9QY
If you can, please use elastics which do not contain latex. They can be deadly to people with latex allergies, fabric ties are preferable if you don’t know the latex content of your elastic.
From what we have heard from providers the best option is